FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –Eric Miles was gutsy on the mound for Presbyterian in the Blue Hose’ 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday in the Big South Conference tournament at Segra Stadium.
The righthander struck out seven and didn’t walk any. He also allowed 10 hits – but only one run -- in 7-2/3 innings.
Miles (7-4), before turning the game over first to Clark Dearman and then to Colton Springs, hiked his career strikeouts total to 171, sixth best in Presbyterian’s list of Division I records. Springs notched his fourth save. Gardner-Webb’s Landon Mitchell (7-6) took the loss in spite of allowing only five hits in a complete game.
The Blue Hose picked up their 30th win for just the second time in the D1 era. Presbyterian won 32 games during the 2017 season. The opening-game tournament win effectively clinched a winning record for the Blue Hose. PC entered Thursday morning’s winners’ bracket game (against Winthrop) with a 30-27 record.
PC got on the board in the first inning. Following a double from Guimbarda, Smith lined an RBI single down the left field line to give PC the 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb (25-25) got on the board in the fourth with an RBI double by Mitch McLendon to right-center to even the game at one.
In the sixth, first baseman Ashby Smith added a run on a sacrifice fly to center field which allowed Zacchaeus Rasberry to score and put the Blue Hose ahead again.